Archives for October 26, 2017

Kiehl’s personalized skincare available in Kiehl’s stores nationwide Apothecary Preparations tailor-made serums give your skin exactly what it needs

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Kiehl’s is proud to announce that its Apothecary Preparations personalized, in-store-only service, will be fully available in all Kiehl’s retail stores, as of October 2017.


Previously only available in select stores nationwide, Apothecary Preparations is truly personalized skincare featuring potent concentrates that address an individual’s unique skin concerns.


This innovation is amongst the first in the skincare industry to bring bespoke skincare to the masses. This industry achievement is comprised of Kiehl’s Skin Strengthening Concentrate, plus two, individually selected Targeted Complexes. These pharmaceutical meets herbal concentrates feature a blend of advanced ingredients and are specifically selected for each customer’s skin.  Through an elevated consultation and diagnosis, customers are able to craft a personalized formula based on their two most significant skin concerns.  Option include: redness, wrinkles, rough texture, large pores and dullness.


Once the Targeted Complexes are selected and the consultation is complete, the Apothecary Preparation’s components are enclosed in a personalized box for the customer, who then mixes them at home prior to first application. The result is a highly potent, tailor-made skincare treatment.


“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to go back to our apothecary roots with the introduction of Apothecary Preparations,” shares Chris Salgardo, Kiehl’s US President. We’ve always been committed to a high level of customer service, but with Apothecary Preparations, we can elevate that experience even more by giving customers a deeper understanding of their unique skin concerns and needs while delivering a completely personalized facial concentrate they can activate themselves.”



Step 1: Diagnosis With the use of a dermatologist-inspired Skin Atlas, customers are guided by the KCR to assess and rank the severity of their skin concerns. The result of this consultation informs the KCR’s selection of the two essential Targeted Complexes that will comprise the customer’s unique formula.


“Over the years we’ve encountered countless women and men who are searching for the most efficacious solution for their unique skincare needs,” shared Cammie Cannella, VP of Global Education, who developed the Apothecary Preparations consultation. “Through our research, including skincare consultations with millions of customers over the years, we’ve determined that addressing an individual’s top two concerns with one uniquely targeted and potent serum will provide the most effective, personalized skincare solution possible, thereby meeting the needs of even our most discerning customers.”  




“Our Skin-Strengthening Concentrate is composed of a 35% concentration of Squalane and a Skin Lipid Complex at 20%, which within the formula fortifies, hydrates and helps protect the barrier for healthier skin,” notes Dr. Geoff Genesky, Kiehl’s Head Chemist. “This powerful special blend of efficacious yet gentle ingredients has been clinically validated to strengthen the skin barrier after just one hour of use.” 


Squalane: A signature Kiehl’s ingredient, Squalane is a botanical lipid derived from the Olive fruit that is highly compatible with the naturals oils present in skin. Within the formula, the Squalane present at a 35% level is approximately 13 times higher than its natural level found in sebum.  This ingredient is used for its protecting capacity on skin’s barrier as well as for its safety and stability profile.  Squalane has emollient characteristics as well, coating the surface of the skin and helping it maintain moisture[1],[2],[3]. It also has an essential ability to soften and smooth skin without irritation and is free of greasy residues.


Skin Lipid Complex: Also included in Kiehl’s Skin-Strengthening Concentrate is the complementary Skin Lipid Complex, containing a blend of botanical oils (including apricot, coriander, black currant, and echium oils) that are rich in unsaturated fatty acids to offer essential emolliency, skin replenishment and hydration. This highly efficacious concentrate ensures that skin is stronger and more resistant to damage.




Each Kiehl’s Targeted Complex is formulated to address a customer’s specific skin concern. Key ingredients in the Targeted Complexes have been selected for their efficacy and their lipo-soluble nature. They are highly potent and bring powerful efficacy to the finished product.


Important Note: The Kiehl’s Targeted Complexes are so potent, they should not be individually applied directly to skin. Dilution in the Skin Strengthening Concentrate assures both optimal efficacy and skin tolerance.


WRINKLE REDUCING COMPLEX with Retinol Concentrate & Pro-Retinol


Vitamin A (Retinol): This well-known “gold standard” anti-aging ingredient is known to increase skin density. Kiehl’s Wrinkle Reducing Complex containing retinol, which has been clinically tested to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.



Pro-retinol (Vitamin A Palmitate): Healthy skin naturally stores Vitamin A for later use in the form of Pro-Retinol.[4],[5] In fact, Retinyl Palmitate is the major form of Vitamin A found in the epidermis. When needed, Pro-Retinol is converted into Retinol to help fight skin aging and diminish the appearance of wrinkles.


Wrinkle Reducing Complex Clinical Results:

  • Fine lines: This formula achieved statistically significant improvement of fine lines at 4 weeks. This improvement continued, as the reduction in fine lines doubled between weeks 4 and 8.
  • Wrinkles: Between weeks 2 and 4, the clinical improvement in the appearance of wrinkles tripled, and this improvement quadrupled between weeks 4 and 8.




Vitamin F: This unsaturated fatty acid blend including glyceryl oleate, glyceryl linoleate and glyceryl linolenate helps skin maintain barrier protection and proper skin hydration, resulting in the improvement of skin texture and smoothness.


LHA (Lipohydroxy Acid): This derivative of Salicylic Acid targets the protein bonds between dead skin cells to help them slough off at a faster rate. Its precise and gentle cell-by-cell exfoliation mechanism is different than many other acids that tend to be harsher. LHA’s action is associated with smoother and more refined skin texture.[6],[7],[8]


Texture Refining Complex Clinical Results:

  • This formula achieved statistically significant results in the overall appearance of skin quality at week 2.
  • This improvement continued, as the overall appearance of skin quality nearly tripled between weeks 2 and 4.


VISIBLE REDNESS NEUTRALIZING COMPLEX with Sunflower Seed Extract & Vitamin E


Sunflower Seed Oil Extract: Obtained by molecular distillation, a delicate extraction and purification process, Kiehl’s sunflower seed oil is extremely rich in essential fatty acids, such as linoleic acid. This oil also contains phytosterols and tocopherols. An in-vivo study has shown that this ingredient helps reduce visible skin redness and dryness.


Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol): Extracted from cultivated crops including soybean and sunflower seeds, Vitamin E has been shown to prevent the formation of pro-redness molecules through its antioxidant properties[9].


Visible Redness Neutralizing Complex Clinical Results:

  • This formula achieved statistically significant results in the reduction of skin redness at 2 weeks.
  • This improvement continued, as the reduction in appearance of skin redness more than tripled between weeks 2 and 4.


PORE MINIMIZING COMPLEX with Samphira Extract & Salicylic Acid


Samphira Oil: Sourced from the samphire plant, which grows on the rocks of coastal France, this oil is obtained by a unique extraction process from the plant that preserves the functionality of the ingredient. Clinical data has shown that this oil helps to reduce the appearance of sebum on skin. Formulas featuring this ingredient have demonstrated a reduction in the appearance of pores.[10],[11],[12]


Salicylic Acid: A prominent, well-known skincare ingredient, salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid that functions as a mild skin exfoliator, removing excess sebum and dead skin cells[13]. Formulas containing this ingredient have been shown to reduce the appearance of pores.


Pore Minimizing Complex Clinical Results:

  • This formula achieved statistically significant results in the reduction of pore size appearance and shine at 4 weeks.


BRIGHTENING COMPLEX with Vitamin C & Scotch Pine Extract


Oil-Soluble Vitamin C Ester was shown in an in-vivo study to reduce UV-induced pigmentation. Its antioxidant properties have also been demonstrated to help the skin defend itself against environmental attacks that can lead to dullness and uneven skin tone.


Scotch Pine Extract: This ingredient is known to promote skin brightness.


Brightening Complex Clinical Results:

  • This formula achieved statistically significant results in skin brightness, radiance, luminosity and even tone at 4 weeks.




Kiehl’s was founded in 1851 as an apothecary in New York City’s East Village, dispensing prescription medicine and customized herbal and natural remedies. Relying on their extensive pharmaceutical background, Kiehl’s founding family hand-made personalized skin remedies which were available in the Kiehl’s Pharmacy right up until the 1980’s.  Today, this heritage, combined with Kiehl’s commitment to the highest level of customer service, has culminated in Apothecary Preparations. A true one of a kind innovation, the collection further elevates Kiehl’s tradition of giving customers a deeper understanding of their unique skin concerns while delivering a completely personalized facial concentrate to mix and activate themselves.


SRP: $95

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. Information and images were provided by Kiehl’s.

GOTRAX HALLOWEEN: 4 Last-Minute Movie-Inspired DIY Costumes on Hoverboards! Stay Tuned! We also will be featuring the GOTRAX HoverBoard this upcoming holiday season!

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GOTRAX, the new Denver-based brand of hoverboards and electric rideables on a mission to boost imaginations and the possibility for personal transportation, has released a list of last-minute DIY Halloween costumes that are sure to be out of this world when paired with its line of HOVERFLY hoverboards.

The children’s costume ideas, inspired by some of cinema’s most classic characters past and present, are designed to be affordable and easy to put together for any family. The addition of a hoverboard like the GOTRAX HOVERFLY or HOVERFLY PLUS will enhance the impact and “wow” factor by bringing each character to life.


“We all know what it’s like to be searching for easy, affordable costumes at the last minute, especially for kids,” says Chief Marketing Officer Jason Wakefield. “And if you add a hoverboard, these are some great ideas to make a fun costume sure to impress without scouring the empty aisles of the local Halloween outlet at the 11th hour.”

Available now at, GOTRAX™ halloween DIYs include costumes inspired by BatmanMoanaDarth Vader and Wonder Woman. The costume ideas are laid out in simple, easy-to-follow fashion that includes step-by-step how-tos, printable shopping lists, character quizzes, example images and short, fun videos for inspiration.

“Imagine seeing Moana glide by effortlessly as she ‘paddles’ on her HOVERFLY, or Darth Vader using The Force to ‘hover’ with the menacing notes of the Imperial March played wirelessly through the built-in Bluetooth® speaker of the HOVERFLY PLUS,” says Wakefield. “They’ll be their favorite character, but you’ll be the hero.”


Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. Information and image provided and I have received a GOTRAX Hoverboard to feature this upcoming holiday season. 

Shooby Dooby Down to Ruby’s for the Perfect After-School Snack Students and Teachers Receive 50% During Study Break Happy Hour!


Shooby Dooby down to Ruby’s Study Break Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 2-5 p.m. Ruby’s Diner is happy to provide students of all ages and teachers with a special offer. Present a valid student or teacher ID to receive half off any appetizer and half off any shake. For those over 21 years of age, the special half price offer applies to the beer and wine list as well. Ruby’s Study Break Happy Hour is happening at all participating locations.



Monday – Friday, 2-5 p.m.



Participating Ruby’s Diner Locations

Cabazon – Morongo Casino: 4900 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA 92230. 951.849.3850

Costa Mesa – South Coast Plaza: 3333 Bear St. at South Coast Plaza – Suite 120, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 714.662.7829

Downey: 8801 Apollo Way, Downey, CA 90242562.401.4011

Glen Mills – Brinton Lake: 919 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA, 19342. 610.358.1983

Huntington Beach: #1 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648. 714.969.7829

Irvine: 4602 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604. 949.552.7829

Irvine Spectrum: 505 Spectrum Center Drive in Irvine Spectrum. 949.753.7829

Laguna Hills: 24155 Laguna Hills Mall #1636, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. 949.588.7829

Long Beach: 6405 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90803. 562.596.1914

Oceanside: 1 Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA 92054. 760.433.7829

Palm Springs: 155 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. 760.406.7829

San Diego – Mission Valley Mall: 1640 Camino Del Rio N., #360P, San Diego, CA 92108. 619.294.7829

Yorba Linda: 21450 Yorba Linda Boulevard, Yorba Linda, CA 92887. 714.779.7829


Credit: Ruby’s Diner.

Experience Burke Williams Aromatherapy Enhancements by Body Bliss Giveaway Opportunity! 3 -Day Spa Pass!

BW New Aromatherapy

Burke Williams Day Spa is pleased to introduce four new Aromatherapy Enhancements by Body Bliss. Created by using the finest organic and sustainable botanical materials, Burke Williams new Aromatherapy Massage Enhancements will relax and purify the body with natural fragrances and essential oils. Four different enhancements including UNWIND, PLAY, RENEW, and LOVE target a variety of needs, release stress and support overall health and wellness.

UNWIND is perfect for restlessness, exhaustion and sleep deficiency, combining Lavender and Vetiver to release stress and help regain inner peace. Sore spots are targeted with PLAY, which uses the essence of Arnica and Immortelle and helps deeply penetrate stiff muscles and joints to reduce inflammation, ease aches, and speed soft tissue repair.

RENEW uses Rosemary and Cypress to strengthen vascular tissue and support healthy adrenal function, purifying and detoxing with organic oils that advance the body’s systems toward maximum health. LOVE combines a luxurious blend of precious essential oils that harmonize the energy flow between individuals, and opens the senses in a gentle yet profound way.

Body Bliss essential oils are incorporated into Burke Williams Custom Blends, available at the Hollywood and Woodland Hills spas. Work with a highly trained Burke Williams alchemist to create a personalized sugar or salt scrub, formulated using the Aromatherapy App at the bar that offers more than 10,000 essential oil combinations. Burke Williams Custom Blends are perfect for an in-spa service, to take home, or as a gift for someone special.

Body Bliss essential oils are made from the finest and therapeutic grade essential oils and without paraben preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or harsh sulfate cleansers. Experience the healing benefits of Burke Williams new Aromatherapy Enhancements by Body Bliss, available at ten locations across California for $25. For more information visit

Doesn’t this sound absolutely lovely? I know I just love going to Burke Williams! We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a 3-Day Spa Pass! To enter, tell us your favorite thing about Burke Williams Spa. If you haven’t been before..simply tell us why you would like to go! One winner will randomly be selected via Services not included in the Spa Pass but you will love visiting the Spa! Deadline to enter is November 1st, 2017 at noon PST. U.S. Residents only, please.


Self Disclosure: I received Spa Passes to facilitate this post. Images and information were also provided. 

Halloween Zoo-tacular Returns to the OC Zoo 10.28 First 100 Children in Costume Receive Free Gift


The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual Halloween Zoo-tacular at the OC Zoo located inside Irvine Regional Park on Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate the season with festive activities and the animals of the OC Zoo!


The OC Zoo will reopen Oct. 21 after being closed for the Canyon Fire 2. OC Zoo, OC Parks and OC Animal Care staff evacuated the animals prior to the fire, and they have since returned. Portions of Irvine Regional Park remain closed to the public, due to numerous hot spots, weakened trees and other hazards.


Families are invited to bring their children to trick-or-treat, explore the zoo during a spooky scavenger hunt and create Halloween and fall-themed crafts. OC Zoo animals will join the fun as they receive treat-filled pumpkins throughout the day, and the first 100 children in costume ages 12 and under will receive a free gift.


“Thank you to the staff at the OC Zoo for their quick action and hard work to ensure the safety of our animals and restoring their habitats after the Canyon Fire 2,” said Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer. “I am grateful that the zoo was not damaged and want to invite visitors to help welcome back the animals at this family-friendly event. You won’t want to miss this fun and safe celebration.”


Reservations are not needed to participate in the OC Zoo’s Halloween Zoo-tacular. Activities are free with paid zoo admission ($2 per person, ages 2 and under free). Parking at Irvine Regional Park is $5 per car and coupons or free passes are not valid at this special event.


Join the Halloween fun at the OC Zoo in Irvine Regional Park on Saturday, October 28!


October 28 – Halloween Zoo-tacular

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Free with zoo admission of $2 per person, ages 2 & under are free

Parking: $5 on weekends
Location: OC Zoo

Address: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869


Contact: (714)

Credit: OC Parks.